Friday night document dump: White House rearranged deck chairs with the media as Solyndra sank

posted at 12:00 pm on March 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Ah, the Friday night document dump — political nature’s palate cleanser.  Is there anything it can’t expose?  Actually, yes, but we’ll get back to that in a moment.  Last night’s FNDD details the reaction inside the White House last August as it became obvious that Solyndra would go sink into irretrievable bankruptcy, taking $527 million taxpayer dollars along with it, emphasis mine:

Several key White House offices were involved with the Obama administration’s messaging plans and other preparations as the collapse of the taxpayer-backed solar company Solyndra was imminent, newly released documents show.

The latest White House documents delivered to House Republicans on Friday again highlight the extent to which senior administration officials braced for the fallout as Solyndra – a company President Obama had personally visited – was about to go under.

A White House memo that noted the danger of “imminent bankruptcy” at the end of August 2011 says, “OMB, DPC and NEC have been working with press and OLA to be prepared for this news to break.”

Acronym translation: OMB is the Office of Management and Budget, DPC is the Domestic Policy Council, NEC is the National Economic Council and OLA is the Office of Legal Affairs.

They were “working with the press”?  Pray tell, who in the media knew about Solyndra’s imminent collapse and didn’t report it?  For that matter, while the White House was working with the media, did they bother to inform Congress of the pending destruction of over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money?  The memos go on to describe high-level meetings in the White House to discuss the collapse of Solyndra, including one on August 29th, but so far nothing in the document dump suggests that anyone reached out to Congress to include them in the discussions.

But they worked with the press, which apparently didn’t report it until the White House gave them the thumbs-up.  Good thing we have that independent media in this country keeping government honest, and all that.

Not everyone in the White House caught the FNDD spirit, however.  Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch refused to hand over subpoenaed documents in Operation Fast & Furious, claiming that Congress leaks them to — wait for it — the media:

The latest twist in the tug of war over Department of Justice documents central to the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious came Friday evening, when a top Justice official refused a congressional request for subpoenaed documents and blamed GOP lawmakers over the leaking of sensitive information.

In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich suggested that sensitive information relating to ongoing investigations is coming from their staffs. …

The documents refer specifically to reports of investigation (ROI’s) involving an active criminal investigation of a firearms trafficking ring, and to the prosecution of suspect Manuel Celis-Acosta, who awaits trial on felony counts, Weich said.

The Justice official said he was denying Issa’s and Grassley’s requests for additional documents because of the sensitivity of the ongoing operations.

Well, the White House giveth to the media and taketh away from Congress while blaming the media.  It’s just another Friday night in The Most Transparenty Administration Evah.


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They were “working with the press”?

Well naturally the Obama administration wanted to consult with its PR department (a/k/a the MSM), to determine the best spin to put on this embarrassing news before the MSM let the public in on the dirty little secret.

AZCoyote on March 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

But didn’t bho say that congress got the blame, per se, not him?

http://nation.foxnews.com/solyndra/2012/03/22/obama-blames-congress-solyndra
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letget on March 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Yep, about 8 months and counting.

DDay on March 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The Justice official said he was denying Issa’s and Grassley’s requests for additional documents because of the sensitivity of the ongoing operations.

LOL! Those operations consisting of CYA.

a capella on March 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Did anyone expect anything different? How long has the media been sucking Oblammo’s d*ck. Comon now…

MooCowBang on March 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Is Weich standing on a legal leg here in his refusal to provide subpoenaed docs to a senate committee that has oversight of the DOJ. After all, if you can’t trust your congressman, who can you trust? The list is getting shorter every day.

Kissmygrits on March 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

More work than on solving any crisis he created yet!

Smartest man in the history of the universe strikes again!!!!111!!!eleventy

jukin3 on March 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

MooCowBang on March 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Seek a higher level.

rubberneck on March 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The GOP will never make an issue of this on the campaign trail.

joekenha on March 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

How long has the media been sucking Oblammo’s d*ck Blowing Führer’s D*ck. Comon now…

MooCowBang on March 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

FIFY :)

Electrongod on March 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

The ignorance and apathy of the American people knows no depths.

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Karl Magnus on March 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

But they worked with the press, which apparently didn’t report it until the White House gave them the thumbs-up.

Ah yes…the MSM…AKA the propaganda arm of the Obumbles admin.

The antics of the modern obama-media would make Winston Smith blush.

Tim_CA on March 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM

On the bright side, presidential accountability will magically return to the Republic at the moment Obama’s successor takes the oath of office. Per se.

Mr. D on March 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The White House sent another 432 pages of documents to Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday in response to a November subpoena for all Solyndra communications

Drip, drip, drip.

Geez. Can someone help me here? Why the hell can’t Congress simply send investigators over to the DOE and issue supeonas and search warrants? Just drive a big ass truck over there and cart the files, computers and other evidence out?

They’d do it to you or me wouldn’t they?

BacaDog on March 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

On the bright side, presidential accountability will magically return to the Republic at the moment Obama’s successor takes the oath of office. Per se.

Mr. D on March 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

…then!…and ONLY THEN!…It is just sickening!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

But they worked with the press, which apparently didn’t report it until the White House gave them the thumbs-up. Good thing we have that independent media in this country keeping government honest, and all that.

Rush has been referring to the MSM as “state-controlled media” since Regime took power. Looks like it’s more true than even he might have suspected.

Bitter Clinger on March 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The MSM exposed a classified terrorist financial tracking program that the Bush administration begged them not to.

They get on conference calls with this guy to get advice on how fast the spin should be and when to release information so as not to harm him politically.

Hell, they don’t even mention half of the scandals that flow from this administration and when they do it is always downplayed and/or compared to the previous administration.

Mord on March 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Good thing we have that independent media in this country keeping government honest, and all that.

OK Ed, repeat after me… Fifth Column Treasonous Media… I know you can do it, once you surrender your silly illogical and fallacious notion that anyone in the Fifth Column Treasonous Media are still members of “The Fourth Estate” it just rolls of your tongue like the words Hallelujah or free dessert…

SWalker on March 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The White House sent another 432 pages of documents to Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday in response to a November subpoena for all Solyndra communications

Drip, drip, drip.

Geez. Can someone help me here? Why the hell can’t Congress simply send investigators over to the DOE and issue supeonas and search warrants? Just drive a big ass truck over there and cart the files, computers and other evidence out?

They’d do it to you or me wouldn’t they?

BacaDog on March 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

B D…they’d be sending tanks the next day!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich suggested that sensitive information relating to ongoing investigations is coming from their staffs. …

Funny, isn’t it? Back in the Watergate era, the Dems in Congress and the MSM demanded documents from the White House and then leaked real secrets that got people killed.

Here? The only killing that will occur (other than that which occurred because of this botched anti-second amendment operation) will be of the dems in the elections. Therefore, they must protect these documents to the greatest extent possible.

My guess, the only “ongoing investigations” are those related to finding out who leaked this in the first place and punishing those whistleblowers. Can’t have the people or Congress finding out about that retribution now, can we?

AZfederalist on March 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I assume that Congress has the means at their disposal to coerce the cooperation of the Obama administration on this matter. That’s a pretty dramatic play but it seems appropriate in the face of bureaucratic belligerence.

Immolate on March 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The legacy of falsenews aka foxnews. If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

The media will be the biggest issue of the campaign. The past several weeks have been the preface for the book of lies and distortions that will bombard the electorate relentlessly for the next 8 months. We have witnessed the administration use the media to manufactured 2 “crises of justice” that seek to blame conservatives for waging wars on women and minorities. The only positive note I can find is that the “Fair and Balanced” mask finally slipped off Bill O’Reilly this week as each show revealed how deep in the tank he is for Obama. Why Laura Ingraham continues to appear on that show is beyond comprehension.

dmann on March 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The legacy of falsenews aka foxnews. If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

LMAO.

So what’s it like being a walking, talking cliche?

Tim_CA on March 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I am so glad that RonMe has chosen to NOT speak out against the 0bama Regime concerning actions like this. /s

DannoJyd on March 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Rush is always right. Only the Communists and the RonMeBots disagree with this fine man.

DannoJyd on March 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

As opposed to that bastion of unbiased news, MSNBC?

Anyway, I’m glad to see you guys have moved on from Fauxnews to the new improved falsenews. Fauxnews was getting a little worn around the edges, IYKWIM.

BacaDog on March 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Back when Journolist broke, we also learned of a couple of regular conference calls between hardcore left members of the media and a White House representative. Does anyone doubt that these are still going on?

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I’m reading a book called *The story of the SS, Hitlers infamous legions of the death* I hadn’t got past the introduction before I found many things they are doing here that were done in Germany prior to the war.
Ppl this is real, Obama must go, and I don’t care if it’s Romney!

angrymike on March 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

And I hear your [the mainstream media] contempt for people from middle America. Don’t tell me you’re neutral! ~ Andrew Breitbart

ReagansRight on March 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Blame the GOP for allowing this to happen 24/7/52, lest they come off as appearing too whiny to all those Independents who laugh at all of Jon Stewart’s snarky jokes.

ardenenoch on March 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Ed- I saw this in The Hill last night, and that was my first reaction: “the press”? I thought it odd that they explained the acronyms but the word “press” appears nowhere else in the article.

I did see one commenter who claimed “the press” meant Robert Gibbs/Jay Carney (Press Secretary) [I'm not sure which was active at this time] but this email was written in government-ese (similar to military-ese) and were “the press” intended to mean the Press Secretary, it would have more likely been abbreviated as PressSec, or some other acronym.

Thoughts?

BKeyser on March 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Nearer my God to Thee

Roy Rogers on March 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

So what’s it like being a walking, talking cliche?

Tim_CA on March 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

..it doesn’t know…there are strings attached to every body part, that someone is pulling!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Uh, Ed…you don’t really expect a dishonest press to keep a dishonest government honest, do you? Ed? ED?? Come in, Ed!

Gordy on March 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Intelligence is not strong with this one.

Bitter Clinger on March 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Almost makes you wonder why we still have the ‘freedom of the press’ clause in the Constitution since most of the press is willing to give up that freedom to worship in adoration of the progressive, liberal left instead. Truly pathetic!

Bob in VA on March 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Drip, drip, drip.

Geez. Can someone help me here? Why the hell can’t Congress simply send investigators over to the DOE and issue supeonas and search warrants? Just drive a big ass truck over there and cart the files, computers and other evidence out?

They’d do it to you or me wouldn’t they?

BacaDog on March 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Evidently there is insufficient algae available to power the big ass truck.

MessesWithTexas on March 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The ignorance and apathy of the American people knows no depths.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

If true, it would certainly explain the typical Friday night thing…the weekend is here! By Monday morning it will be old news and not mentioned ever again.

It’s not unlike the economic stats (GDP, employment, etc.) that show glowing numbers when first released. The later downward revisions go unnoticed (if you look over the past 2 years you will find a very predictable pattern there…I can’t recall any release that was later “revised” to the upside).

I’m starting to think that we may be dealing with an expert on mind games.

teejk on March 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Good thing we have that independent media in this country keeping government honest, and all that.

heh. back in the day….

ted c on March 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

half a billion large gone….

SCANDAL!

ted c on March 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

The legacy of falsenews aka foxnews. If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

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Comrade Apparatchik, what are we going to call NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, & CNBC? Do you think these exalted propaganda news messaging outlets are doing enough for The Goofoff-in-Chief?
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I hope you are fulfilled in your role as apologist for Sahib Ø. Unfortunately, you cannot be offered a higher position than Internet Shill until the campaign is in full attack mode. However, take heart! The Campaign is Watching YOU!

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM

It’s just another Friday night in The Most Transparenty Administration Evah.

Obama, a thug

Media, in his azz

Congress, eunuchs

R contenders, squishy wussies

People, ignorant and Flukes

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The legacy of falsenews aka foxnews. If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?
0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Yawn, don’t you brain dead cockroaches ever get any new talking points? It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.

bbinfl on March 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM

“…working with press…”

Sure to be a media sub-scandal of the Solyndra scam, no? No? Oh. Hmmm. No, sleazy media don’t even peek at the administration through their dirty fingers they surely don’t look at their own slimy selves.

curved space on March 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM

No, sleazy media don’t even peek at the administration through their dirty fingers they surely don’t look at their own slimy selves.

curved space on March 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM

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Take Heart! Just as soon as a Republican is elected President the media will recover its mandate to challenge government at every opportunity and for every supposed illegal act! Order will be restored and the media will have recovered from its quadrennial swoon for “The Most Intelligent President Ever, Without Doubt or Question, Nor Evidence Thereto” and Republicans will find themselves scrambling for explanations as Democrats in record numbers whine before the microphones about how Republicans exclude them from Government and The Decision-making Process of Governing The People. Wah Wah Wah !

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

It’s not corruption per se, Ed. But you knew that already, didn’t you.

Jaibones on March 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Ed- I saw this in The Hill last night, and that was my first reaction: “the press”? I thought it odd that they explained the acronyms but the word “press” appears nowhere else in the article.

I did see one commenter who claimed “the press” meant Robert Gibbs/Jay Carney (Press Secretary) [I'm not sure which was active at this time] but this email was written in government-ese (similar to military-ese) and were “the press” intended to mean the Press Secretary, it would have more likely been abbreviated as PressSec, or some other acronym.

Thoughts?

BKeyser on March 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Yeah, not to burst anyone’s bubble, but the WH press office is exactly what “press” means. There are standard offices in the WH — legislative affairs (sometimes just called OLA), speechwriting, advance, strategy, communications, and the various policy offices, which include NEC, OMB and DPC. “Press” is standard short for the press office, and has been for decades.

The context makes this pretty clear. If you read “OMB, DPC and NEC working with press and OLA” that means the press and legislative affairs offices of the WH.

Also, OMB, DPC and NEC wouldn’t typically work with outside reporters WITHOUT their own press office being involved. So reading it the other way doesn’t make much sense.

Chuckles3 on March 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Obama, a thug punk
Media, in his azz

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Should have stopped here.

Jaibones on March 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

“working with the press”?

Pure Goebbels.

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

The legacy of falsenews aka foxnews. If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

And one of the Record 70% pf high school dropouts who voted for O’bama checks in.

Has “falsenews” done anything to compare to these “news stories” which were actually broadcast by O’bama’s favorite news outlet, CNN?

CNN has in the past:

1. Falsely accused the United States of dropping Nerve Gas on civilians in Laos.

2. Covered up Saddam Hussein’s brutal atrocities against his own citizens for over a decade.

3. Had their CEO resign in disgrace, after he falsely accused US soldiers of “murdering” Iraqi journalists.

4. Happily showed videotapes provided to them by our enemies, showing the sniper’s eye view of his American target, just before the sniper pulled the trigger.

When you find anything reported by “falsenews” coming even close to these examples, we’ll all stop laughing hilariously at you.

J-

(Only the second time I’ve ever given that grade out, btw. You must be so proud!)

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Intelligence is not strong with this one.

Bitter Clinger on March 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

This comes to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqkdcT25ss

Del Dolemonte on March 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The Justice official said he was denying Issa’s and Grassley’s requests for additional documents because of the sensitivity of the ongoing operations information and how it would implicate the President and the Attorney General in illegal arms trafficking

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FIFY

GarandFan on March 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Yep, about 8 months and counting.

DDay on March 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I wish I could share that optimism. If only we weren’t left with these clowns fighting for the nomination. I’m not even sure any of them could beat Biden, much less the king of scam.

stacman on March 24, 2012 at 3:05 PM

The legacy of falsenews aka foxnews. If the RNC had a network news channel could it run it better than falsenews?

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

The most appropriately named troll EVAH!

ghostwalker1 on March 24, 2012 at 3:05 PM

If in fact a company receives grants and loan/tax deferral guarantees,then it is a public record how that money is being spent and by whom.

ALL of these TARP and Bailout funds that were stolen from the American Taxpayer should be 100% accounted for. We all screamed at the top of our lungs at town-halls across this nation not just about Obama care but this absolute plundering of the US treasury and the future of our very nations debt it was going to saddle our children and our children’s children with.

This administration is bad….. really bad…. corrupt and absolutely rogue. That the GOP is not walking out of the chambers and holding press conferences hourly on the multitude of botched pet projects by this president and his Czaropoly clan is beyond me.

It’s an outrage… unacceptable and we should be holding those same town-halls and surrounding our states capitals with a fury.

Silent and again running in the background is the back door amnesty and the PIGFORD settlements that have been doled out with literally no over site or cap…..No one at the department of AG. has even produced valid research into the millions of payouts… no one who did all the wrong has been fired and there has been not proof offered or asked of the people making the claims except their race…

We are sooo screwed as citizens right now in America…… 2012 has got to be a re-directional referendum.

ActinUpinTexas on March 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM

The ignorance and apathy of the American people knows no depths.

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Karl Magnus on March 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

If the media are holding hands with the WH, how are the American people to know? Do you even begin to think that either Solyndra or Fast and Furious will be topics on Sunday’s squawk shows, much less on the evening news or top of the hour radio reports?

Tomorrow’s theme du jour outrage will be the shooting death of the Florida teen even though the event occurred a month ago.

onlineanalyst on March 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

What “ongoing operations”? Fast and Furious has been stopped. Time for back and forth letters to stop, and arrests to begin. Beyond ridiculous that we are having so much trouble getting the truth from our employees. No trust in Holder or his department under his lack of leadership. He has to go soon or he will be arrested.

Amazingoly on March 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM